By Marlene Tromp

ISBN-10: 0791467392

ISBN-13: 9780791467398

ISBN-10: 0791467406

ISBN-13: 9780791467404

Considers the function of Spiritualism in Victorian culture.

Altered States examines the increase of Spiritualism—the faith of séances, mediums, and ghostly encounters—in the Victorian interval and the position it performed in undermining either conventional girl roles and the rhetoric of imperialism. concentrating on a specific type of séance event—the full-form materialization—and the our bodies of the younger, lady mediums who played it, Marlene Tromp argues that during the altered nation of the séance new methods of knowing identification and relationships grew to become attainable. This not just demonstrably formed the taking into account the Spiritualists, but additionally the preferred attention of the interval. In diaries, letters, newspaper bills, medical stories, and well known fiction, Tromp uncovers proof that the novel perspectives offered within the religion permeated and motivated mainstream Victorian thought.

Marlene Tromp is affiliate Professor of English at Denison collage. She is the coeditor (with Pamela okay. Gilbert and Aeron Haynie) of past Sensation: Mary Elizabeth Braddon in Context, additionally released by means of SUNY Press, and the writer of the personal Rod: Marital Violence, Sensation, and the legislation in Victorian Britain.

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